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Acrylic Finishes Wipe the Floor in Hygiene Stakes

This article discusses how a new generation of acrylic flooring has advantages over its rivals for cleanroom environments. The concept of cleanroom environments to control the spread of infectious diseases first emerged more than 100 years ago and was developed by hospitals in Victorian times. Over the last 20 years the demand for contamination control has increased to such an extent that some cleanrooms are so specialised they need to be a thousand times cleaner than those designed in the past.

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries benefit greatly from tight contamination control, particularly when considering that a few grams of product can be worth thousands of pounds and no company can afford potential losses. Even the slightest contamination can spell disaster as companies strive for completely sterile environments and, in an age where standards for health and safety become ever stricter, anything additional that boosts the quality of a cleanroom environment is to be welcomed. Such sterile conditions can help lead to higher productivity, fewer rejects, lower utility costs and greater confidence in the final product.


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By Tony Blackman, Technical Manager of Acrylicon East
Tony Blackman is currently Technical Manager of Acrylicon's Eastern Division. Tony has an in-depth knowledge of the industrial flooring market, having run his own contracting business for more than 20 years.

He is experienced in the use of polyurethanes, epoxys and acrylic systems and has worked for companies such as Heathrow Airport and Courage Brewery.

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